SEIU planning protest of Arizona gov. before meeting with Obama

The labor union SEIU is organizing a protest of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) leading up to her meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday. 

A variety of activists will gather near Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., just across from the White House's north entrance. 

The protest is part of a broader effort on behalf of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to push back against Arizona's controversial new immigration law, which requires state law enforcement officials to check the identification of people they suspect are in the country illegally if they are stopped for other reasons.  

The law has touched off a nationwide debate over immigration reform and has drawn the ire of many liberal groups and lawmakers, who say it will likely lead to racial profiling of Latinos. 

SEIU sent out an advisory saying the protest will "denounce Governor Jan Brewer, the discriminatory Arizona law she signed, and urge President Obama to work with Congress to pass real immigration solutions."

Several congressional Democrats have pushed for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for illegals. 

"A wave of divisive and discriminatory laws have been introduced in state legislatures across the country, yet immigration remains a federal responsibility," the advisory said. "Protesters will demand action from the president and the United States Congress."

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